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Summary: Looking at the Roman Centurion and recounting what he saw to convince him Jesus truly was the Son of God

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Matthew 27:50-56

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.

56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

INTRO

More than ever, the world needs to recognize that Jesus truly is the Son of God.

John 20:31 (NIV2011)

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Look at what the centurion saw which caused him to say, “truly…”

I. His DEATH (50)

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

Jesus died the death that each and every one of us deserved

Romans 3:23 (NIV2011)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 (NIV2011)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9-10 (NIV2011)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:13 (NIV2011)

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

John 3:3 (NIV2011)

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

Titus 2:11 (NIV2011)

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Salvation through the son of God is offered through His death

RESPONSE: Will you surrender your life to Jesus and receive forgiveness for your sins?

II. His DESTRUCTION (51)

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

Tradition tells us that the veil was 60 feet high and 4 inches thick

Hebrews 9:12 (NIV2011)

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV2011)

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,

20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart…

We now have access to Jesus because He, the true Son of God, died for us!

RESPONSE: Will you move from “religion” to “relationship” with the Son of God?


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